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Why Do I Only Cough At Night
Cough when lying: May be reflux, or post nasal drip , even asthmatic may cough as your lungs are more compressed when ying down. Check PFTs, check for reflux consider ranitidine/ prevecid if have reflux, consider zyrtec before bed to decrease nasal congestion and post nasal drip if that is present. f/u /w/ doc ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
Night time coughing: The most common reason for night time coughing when prone is acid and acidic odors coming from heartburn and esophageal acid. If you have this you must begin to treat this with strong ant-acids. If you are overweight this is a vital way your body is telling you it is time to lose weight. Prolonged acid reflux can cause cancer in the esophagus. Please do not ignore this symptom. ...Read more
Nighttime cough: Coughing at night can occur in a number of ailments, most commonly GERD (gastroesophgeal reflux disease), asthma, post-nasal drip/allergies, and fluid in the lungs for example from congestive heart failure. An allergy to dust mites in the pillow could potentially cause coughing at night. If persistent, it is worthwhile getting evaluated in clinic. A proper history/physical should get the answer. ...Read more
Depends...: The best treatment depends on the etiology of the cough. Are you coughing at night when you lie down? If so, this could be due to post-nasal drip which has a very different treatment than bronchospasm (which is another possibility). Other etiologies include gerd which also worsens when lying down. All these possibilities have very different treatments. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Night cough: Night time cough is a common symptom in people with asthma. Usually the cough (with or without wheezing or chest tightness) can occur between 2-3 am. Night cough can also be due to post nasal drip from allergies or sinus problems. Night cough may even be related to stomach acid reflux. A cough specialist, allergist or pulmonologist can assist in the diagnosis and develop a plan to help. ...Read more
Position?: If your cough worsens when you lie down, either at night or in the morning, it may be due to post-nasal drip or gerd. Both of these can cause bronchospasm and lead to cough. The treatments for these are different so see your doctor so treatment can be initiated if either or both of these proves to be the culprit. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Reflux?: A possible cause of a cough that's worse in the evening is gastro-esophageal reflux. After food enters your stomach certain muscles (the LES or lower esophageal spincter) contract to prevent stomach contents from regurgitating back into your esophagus. This condition is more noticeable when lying horizontal. Using a wedge to elevate your upper body while sleeping can help. If persists see your Dr ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need diagnosis...: Before any cough can be treated, the etiology must be diagnosed. Etiologies of cough include acute bronchitis, bronchospasm from any cause, post-nasal drip, gerd or even a combination of factors. All of these have different treatments so you need a diagnosis for the cough first. See your doctor for diagnosis and then treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to reduce airway inflammation. ...Read more
Hi, I have a cough, it's not to bad during the day, however at night i can't seem to stop! help please ?
Sinusitis: Depending on when the cough starts at night it may be that you have a sinus infection. When you lay down the sinuses begin to drain and will trigger a cough because of the post-nasal drip that occurs. If the symptom has been going on for more that 7 to 10 days you should see you doctor. ...Read more
I'm having a cough fit and yesterday it woke me up at night. Is there anything to make it better at night?
Medication: Treatment to prevent your night coughing depends on what is causing the cough. Nocturnal coughing often occurs from 2 to 4 in the morning and with the correct medication is should be controlled. Reflux of acid from the stomach can also cause coughing at night and treatment is effective. The key is the diagnosis and you should see your physician. ...Read more
My son coughs so much during the day but sleeps at night and does not cough even ounce. What exactly does he have?
Requires exam: he may also need allergy and pulmonary function testing. ...Read more
I have this cough that has been going on for awhile mainly when going to bed and through out the night what can I do?
Chronic cough: Chronic cough can be caused by various process: asthma/bronchitis, sinus problem or post nasal drip, reflux disease. Nocturnal( night) cough can be either be caused by postnatal drip or reflux. Reflux can be treated with dietary changes, avoiding eating 3 hours before sleep, keeping head of the bed elevated 30 degrees. Also trial of proton pump inhibitor( i.E prilosec) twice a day for 2 months. ...Read more
3y/o cough at night in bed. no other issues. we have horrible air quality. keeping indoors. is it related or need checked?
Need to know.: We need to know how long this cough has been going on for, how bad it is, wheezing? If it is just a simple cough and only for a few days it is usually associated with a virus and should be resolved in a few days. Honey at this age is ok to use to control symptoms. However, if severe and difficulty breathing and /or wheezing associated you should take your child to the ED for immediate evaluation. ...Read more
I m having cough from 3 months. .I hv taken medicines (not regularly ). .Bt it is not going. I used to cough mostly at night! help me?
Diff. diagnosis: The diagnosis of chronic cough can be tricky. The fact that your cough has lasted 3 months raises a few different possibilities. 95% of chronic cough is a combination of asthma, post-nasal drip and/or gastric reflux. It often takes a careful history and a therapeutic trial of medication to determine the exact cause. It is time to have a talk with your doctor and possibility a referral. ...Read more
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